Open Lecture: 'At the Fault Lines of Racial Inequity: African Americans and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic'

29 February 2024, 2.00 PM - 29 February 2024, 3.00 PM

Bristol Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professor Vanessa Northington Gamble, The George Washington University, USA

B.H05 Lecture Theatre, Arts Complex

Professor Vanessa Northington Gamble is a Bristol Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professor. She is visiting from The George Washington University, USA, and working with Dr Stephen Mawdsley on the project The Historical Implications of American Race and Medicine.

African Americans entered the twentieth century and influenced how they experienced the 1918 influenza epidemic. Dr. Gamble will analyze the impact of these inequalities on African Americans’ experiences and responses to the 1918 influenza epidemic. It will highlight the resilience of the Black community in the face of this crisis. The talk will also connect the 1918 epidemic to COVID-19 to illuminate how epidemic disease continues to expose the racial inequalities in the United States. There will also be time for Q&A. Refreshments provided.

Attendance is free but you must book your place.

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